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Max Schneider

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Maxwell George "Max" Schneider opens for Victoria Justice, 7 p.m. Aug. 30, Fairgrounds Grandstand, Allentown Fair. Schneider, born June 21, 1992, grew up in Woodstock and Manhattan, N.Y. He is a singer, dancer, actor, model and musician. His latest TV show is "How To Rock," where he plays Zander, a musician. He also starred in the original movie, "Rags," on Nickelodeon.

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Bucks Playhouse gets back in the act

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Nothing says summer theater like Bucks County Playhouse.

And nothing says Bucks County Playhouse like the Straw Hat Circuit.

Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, was one of the stops on a circuit that stretched from the Mid-Atlantic to Maine.

It included Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock, N.Y.; Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, Conn.; Ogunquit Playhouse, Ogunquit, Me.; and Cape Cod Playhouse, Dennis, Cape Cod, Mass.

Pocono Playhouse, Mountainhome, Monroe County, and...

Bluegrass shindigs to be at ArtsQuest

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Starting next month, the nonprofit Appalachian Fiddle and Bluegrass Association's (AFBA) monthly shindigs move to the Fowler Blast Furnace Room, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

Performing at the first event Sept. 9 will be Louie Setzer and the Appalachian Mountain Boys, Hillbilly Souls and Hub Hollow, and several regular supporting bands.

The AFBA shindigs, which feature scheduled performers as well as jam sessions, are noon to approximately 5 p.m...

Easton Corbin

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Easton Corbin opens for The Band Perry, 7 p.m. Aug. 31, Fairgrounds Grandstand, Allentown Fair. Corbin, born April 12, 1982, Gilchrist County, Fla., received an agribusiness degree from the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. He and Briann married Sept. 2, 2006. Corbin's self-titled 2010 debut album includes two No. 1 hits, "A Little More Country Than That" and "Roll With It," and a Top 15 hit, "I Can't Love You Back. His first single, "Lovin' You Is Fun,"...

Lincoln PCN talk telecast

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) is teaming up with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC), the State Library and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation to bring three Civil War lectures commemorating the 150th anniversary to its statewide audience.

The first of these lectures, "Lincoln's Love of Pennsylvania," is to air 6 p.m. Aug. 31, with an encore presentation, 3 p.m. Sept. 2.

The presentation, taped at the Centre County Library and Historical Museum community garden,...

The Band Perry

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 by The Press in Focus

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7 p.m. Aug. 31, Fairgrounds Grandstand, Allentown Fair. The country group, The Band Perry are siblings Kimberly Perry, lead vocals, guitar, piano; Reid Perry, bass guitar, background vocals; and Neil Perry, mandolin, drums, accordion, background vocals. The Perrys grew up in Alabama, but state they're from Greeneville, Tenn. Kimberly was born July 12, 1983. Reid was born Nov. 17, 1988. Neil was born July 23, 1990. The Band Perry has released five singles from their...

Jason Aldean

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 by The Press in Focus

7 p.m. Aug. 30, Fairgrounds Grandstand, Allentown Fair. Born Jason Aldine Williams, Feb. 28, 1977, Macon, Ga., Jason Aldean has seven No. 1 country singles since his 2005 self-titled debut album which, along with "Wide Open" (2009), went platinum. His hits include "Why," "She's Country,""Big Green Tractor," "The Truth," "Dirt Road Anthem" and "Fly-Over States." His other albums are "Relentless" (2007) and "My Kinda Party" (2010). His first single, "Take A Little Ride," released July 16, is...

Fashion goes vintage at Allentown Fair

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Lorita Musselman loves to play dress-up.

"Miss Lorita," as Musselman is known, a knowledgeable collector of antique and vintage apparel, presents "Miss Lorita's Vintage Fashions," 2:15 p.m. Sept 1, Centennial Stage, Agri-Plex, at the Great Allentown Fair.

The 45-minute presentation highlights clothing from the Victorian era through the close of the 20th century.

"Every outfit is complete with accessories typical of the era, including shoes, purses, gloves, hats and maybe...

Great Allentown Fair observing landmark 160th year

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

The 2012 Great Allentown Fair, Aug. 28 - Sept. 3, celebrates its 160th year.

So, where were you in 1852?

That's when the Allentown Fair began.

There've been many changes at the Fair over the years, er, decades, or, rather, centuries.

The Allentown Fair carries on at its 46-acre Fairgrounds location, 17th and Liberty and Chew streets, Allentown.

The first day, Aug. 28, offers "Preview Night," with free admission.

In addition to the ticketed...

Reaching out to 'The Intouchables'

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The film, "The Intouchables," is bracing, uplifting and a triumph of the human spirit.

Plus, it's darn funny.

Philippe (François Cluzet) is a very wealthy Paris widower who is a tetraplegic following an accident. Philippe hires Driss (Omar Sy), a very poor, street-smart Senegales to be his live-in primary care-giver.

Driss has a strong personality and commands respect.

Philippe likes that. He doesn't want pity.

Inside the gated mansion, Magalie (Audrey...